Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Speaking of that episode of Scooby Doo: I think the episode that was shown in the Cartoon Network on Saturday night was the worst one ever made. It was one where the antics involve a celebrity guest star, in this case Jim Reed (I had no idea who this guy was, but I'm not very good with celebrities from the 70's). I've been told that there is an episode starring Mama Cass, but all of the villain characters just looked like her. The plot was incoherent and lasted for almost an hour. It seemed to go on and on. The entertainment came from watching all of the mistakes. A sleeve would be painted the wrong color mouths would move while heads stayed still, sometimes heads would disconnect from bodies. And this dragged on with intermittent snatches of a song called "Little Mary Sunshine".

Though after the first 20 minutes it wasn't even worth making fun of any more, we all sat there and watched it to the end. Late night does funny things to people.

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I must admit, I've been enthralled by the Olympics. Really, other than an episode of Scooby Doo it's the only TV that I've seen in English since August. My favorite thing: the fact that I get to see athletes from other countries besides the United States. It was great to be at the Olympic games when they were in Atlanta, but if I hadn't been there I probably would have missed some great stuff that the networks left out. I wish I could see some of the cooler things like judo and fencing, but I was happy to hear the Australian national anthem for once. I'm amazed by men's gymnastics; anyone who says it is a sport for wimps is grossly misinformed.

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Monday, September 25, 2000

Words of wisdom from my friend Aaron:
"Have you ever sang the star spangled banner in Question form? Well, it grates on some people's nerves."

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I've noticed that the links on blogger's main page have been frozen for about 9 hours so. That must be just like winning the lottery. Think of all of the hits you would get if your page was all that people saw when they logged in. Although, I'm not complaining about the number of visits I get. I'm still amazed by my hit count. How do you people find my site?

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Sunday, September 24, 2000

Well, I lost another weekend. Damn those far too long computer science projects. I spent most of my weekend in a windowless computer science lab working on project #2 for class on Thursday. The only time I spent in the actual sunlight was walking to and from the lab. Actually, I'm still in the lab. And I don't know what time it is, since there's no real way to tell. Sorry, this is too much bitterness. I should stop, take a break and forget about this project for a few hours.

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I've decided that solaris is a damn fine OS. It's been the only one that I've used for the past 48 hours. I like the little things, like the four desktops and the easy printing. But since it is a unix based system it makes my coding work so much easier. Ahhh, beauty. The funny thing is that the sun systems in the computer science labs seem to be the only computers without problems. With all of the PC's there is either a problem with printing or the unix terminal has errors. It's sad; you'd think that we would be treating our computers better. Maybe the administration is just trying to force us to realize how crappy windows can be.

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Friday, September 22, 2000

I've decided that I like freshman. Sure, they're young and inexperienced, but they're so friendly. They'll always talk to you at club meetings, and they even listen to you babbling about what dorms are the best ones to live in. It's strange, the summer between their freshman and sophmore years people become so much less friendly. They carry the additude of "well, I have enough friends, so I don't need to talk to anyone else." It's funny how people change sometimes.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2000

I'm kind of proud of myself for getting so much done over the weekend as far as school work was concearned. But now I'm realizing that I have so much more to do this week if I'm going to keep my head above water. Sometimes it doesn't seem fair when it looks like your friends are partying all of the time. A lot of them tell me that I'm over working myself, but they're usually people who aren't paying for their own education. Right now I feel slightly overwhelmed, but it's nothing that I haven't had to work out of before. In a few weeks midterms start, and then the rest of the semeter will flash by, and I'll finally get to relax on Christmas break.

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Saturday, September 16, 2000

Wait, now I know. That flag was the flag of the District of Columbia. Now it all makes sense!

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Yesterday I went on a long walk with Clark. It was 4.2 miles long according to Yahoo! Maps. We had planned on walking to the Washington Monument and maybe finally going if there were tickets left. On the way there we stopped and bought novelty ice cream bars (Clark had a Ninja Turtle Pop and I had a Tweety Pop, both with bubble gum eyes). When we got to the Washington monument it was closed. The wind was blowing so strongly around the base that we almost got knocked down, but neither of us felt like walking back home so we continued on and wondered around the National Mall. We walked all the way up to the Hirshhorn, but the sculpture garden was closed. On the way we did find this wonderful flower garden called the Ripley Garden. There were all sorts of interesting plants and fountains.

We were detoured around the White House on the way back. Pennsylvania was blocked off even to pedestrians. Apparently dignitaries from India were here for talks. There was another flag flying, but I didn't recognize it. It was white with three red stars in the center.

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There were so many things that I should be doing right now, but it's ever so much more fun to play with the wire-frame creatures at sodaplay.

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Thursday, September 14, 2000

Also, something I learned Yesterday: Don't add the tofu to stir-fry until the very end, especially if it is really soft tofu.

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Yesterday was a sad day, but today seemed like a poem. Not one of those depressing T.S. Eliot poems about the end of the world; it was more like a cheery Wordsworth poem about flowers. It was probably so good because I finally got the hang of Flash 4.0 (although I think 5.0 will be out soon). I've been sailing through animations and I'm thinking about adding a few to my site if I have time. Ahhh, real content!

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Sunday, September 10, 2000

And I saw FLCL for the first time today. It's the newest project by the same guy who did Evangelion and KareKano, two of my favorite animes. It's one of the strangest things that I've ever seen, but I'm still very engrossed. A nice thank you to Clark for introducing it to me.

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Oooh. I got an independent study. I don't know how I did it, but I did. I've never taken a fine arts class at GW before, but I submitted a design portfolio and I got approved. Happy! My project will be to do a flash cartoon --a prospect that I'm very, very happy about. It will be posted on this site after not too long.

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Saturday, September 09, 2000

Today was the honors hike. A nice little 5-mile walk along the Appalachian trail with a free lunch thrown in. It was a good opportunity to talk with a few professors while getting a little exercise. There was plenty of the Socratic method bouncing around. Extra bonus: since no one at GW has a car I never get to see whatever is beyond the metro line; so the countryside is good for me.

The mid-point of the hike was a stop at the Washington Monument (the other, Maryland-located one). It looked a lot like a milk jug sitting on a stone platform. I'm not sure of the symbolism, but it's built on top of a big hill that lets you look out on a valley that was underwater centuries ago. But now there is just a small town with hay stacks and cornfields. I came out of it felling a little tired but very deserving of the brownie that I bought later at Starbucks.

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Since school has started back up it's been much harder to keep up with my blog. But I'm not going to give up.

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Monday, September 04, 2000

Thursday night was one of those rare nights where you have a blast out on the town without the guilt about spending money when you don't have any. There was a private party for GW students at a trendy Dupont Circle coffee house called Xando. There was free food but that was nothing compared to plethora of free drinks available off of the menu. It was all you could drink, so after a few minutes of zealous ordering the table was covered with half-drunk iced mint mochaccinos, caramel ciders, iced chai tea, raspberry creamcicles and tons of different flavored Itallian Sodas. Of course I along with my friend Jessica were promptly wired and spent much of the evening bouncing off of the walls. After I calmed down I went to the movie theatre across the street with Clark who had free movie passes. We expected to see a nice French Romance, but I don't think any of those exist. So halfway through Alice et Martin it turned into a Camus tale. That really wasn't a bad thing, but it was a total departure from the blurb about the Film in the Washington Post. I wonder if the critic actually went to the movie or just sat through the first five minutes.

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So I come back to campus and everything is the same yet different. All of the buildings are the same. The sidewalks look the same. There are still hundreds of confused tourists walking around campus looking for the Lincoln Memorial. But there are some new things that surprised me. Places that used to be empty lots or holes in the ground now have brand new building poking out of them. The new Ritz-Calton on Pennsylvania looks like dozens of green-glassed aquariums stacked on top of one another. Some of the holes are still just holes, although they're deeper now or are rimmed with new cement. I just have to sit down and sigh with happiness that I'm back in Foggy Bottom.

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Sunday, September 03, 2000

Entry from two weeks ago:

Went to the good ol' law office today to go and see my old bosses and co-workers. They were surprised to see me and I'm sure that they thought I was a big booger for not dropping by earlier in the summer. It seems that business is booming at the law office; which is good for everyone involved. The best part is that one of the attorneys, Amy, had her dog with her that day. That way I got to sit on the floor and pet Fida while I talked to everyone. There's something about talking to people that you haven't seen for a while. Sometimes it's like you're talking to an entirely different person, a stranger that just sort of looks like the person you knew. But it wasn't this way at all for me this time. It was like I was still working at the front office and it had been only a few days since I had talked to anyone. A very nice feeling.

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I'm still squashing bugs. Sorry if things look funny and there are words like 'tamago' floating around. Doing my best to fix things up and make them prettier. I also have a rather large back log of old jounal entries that I need to post, so that will be taking up the next few posts.

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Saturday, September 02, 2000

Everything Has been moved.

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